“We are so thankful!” This may be a surprising comment to hear from someone who is homeless and living in a shelter over the Holiday Season. The truth is, we hear it often. This statement and others like it are examples of the sincerity, resilience and determination of our shelter guests. We are grateful to see them rise up each day and try to take steps toward self-sufficiency and stable housing. We are grateful to be able to help our shelter guests in their journey and we are grateful to you, our donors, for giving us the support we need to carry on with this critical work.
Using data from the US Census and Public School records, the National Center on Family Homelessness reports that nearly 2.5 million American children experienced homelessness in 2013. That is 1 in 30 children. At CCO, we are grateful to be able to offer safe shelter to children with their parents and help them work towards a stable future.
While staying at CCO our school age children attend free after-school tutoring through Chicago Hopes. Back to school events and holiday parties make our kids feel special and cared for. One of our valuable volunteers delivers a birthday party to the shelter when it’s one of the children’s birthdays. She finds out what kind of cake the child likes and makes it. She wraps new gifts from the donations we receive. It’s great to think that kids will look back at their time of homelessness and also have these special memories. And, of course, compassionately supporting and assisting parents throughout their homeless experience at CCO has a lasting impact on the lives of their children.
Join us in this important effort. Consider donating today! Thank you!
To read the full report by the National Center on Family Homelessness click here.
The Holiday Season should be a special time for everyone. At CCO we try to make the holidays bright for each person. You are an important part of that effort. There are a variety of ways you can be a blessing to our shelter guests. Donate new unwrapped toys or gift items for those staying in one of our family shelter, donate funds for a Christmas party in the single men’s or women’s shelter program, or organize your church or civic group to provide a holiday meal. We work extra hard this time of year to make everyone at CCO feel special and cared for.
Join us this holiday season in making Christmas bright for our shelter guests. If you have questions contact Eve at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
It was an outstanding year for the Team CCO Charity Tent at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Volunteers offered drinks, food and encouragement to Team CCO runners. Enjoy the Charity Tent Album! And it’s not too late donate. Go to CrowdRise, our charitable fitness donation platform. All donations go to CCO!
To help homeless families they ran through 29 Chicago neighborhoods; they were cheered on by over 1 million spectators and crossed the finish line after running 26.2 miles! So far they have raised over half of their fundraising goal, and have just under a month left to meet it. Congratulate them, and encourage them for their hard work by donating to the team.Thank you for your commitment to charitable fitness and the shelter guests at CCO! What an awesome team! Enjoy the photo album and look for more photo albums of the marathon soon! To Donate Click here to be redirected to CrowdRise, our charity fitness donation platform.
Little things mean a lot. This is especially true for persons in need. Homelessness is a challenge for families and individuals alike. Fresh, colorful bedding, hygiene items, safe shelter, nutritious meals, all make a new shelter guest feel welcome and cared for. CCO accepts donations of gently-used and new items at 4628 N. Clifton, 7 days a week from 8am-7pm.
Team CCO 2013, Paddy is pictured in the center with a white cap.
Do you know anyone who has run 9 marathons in 9 days? We do! Long-time Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) supporter Patrick McCormack, has been running for over 17 years. He turned that love for the long road into an amazing CCO fund-raiser in 2010. That year Paddy began his journey on the steps of CCO. It continued through Chicago, along the Illinois & Michigan Canal, past miles of cornfields and finally ending in Central Illinois. There he was cheered across the finish line by friends and family!
Paddy’s radical fundraising endeavor turned into Team CCO. This year, over 30 fabulous runners are registered to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of CCO’s shelter guests.
To view this years runners and to financially donate to Team CCO click here.
Why support CCO? Cornerstone Community Outreach provides safe shelter, nutritious meals and intensive case management services for over 300 men, women and children. Your donation dollars make a difference in the lives of homeless families and individuals!
Got Milk? The CCO dining room serves over 500 nutritious plates of food each day and milk is an important part of the meal. Milk is packed nutrients that help kids grow and keep adults healthy.
However, iit is a costly essential. Would your church or civic group be willing to purchase milk on a monthly basis? Your gift would provide a protein-packed drink for the children, women and men sheltered at CCO.
Every day at CCO, we are privileged to see mothers persevering against the odds, diligently working to secure housing and moving closer to a better life for their families.
On this special holiday, please consider making a financial donation that will help moms and their families get one step closer to a stable home. Join us as we provide safe shelter, nutritious meals and critical case management services to over 65 mothers living on our programs. Thank you!